Central beaches reopen after fatal shark attack

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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) – Three Central California beaches that were closed following a deadly shark attack on a surfer have reopened.

Vandenberg Air Force Base spokesman Michael Peterson says the 72-hour closure ended Friday morning.

Thirty-nine-year-old Francisco Solorio Jr. of Orcutt died Tuesday after he was bitten in the upper torso at Surf Beach in Santa Barbara County. It’s the same Vandenberg beach where a shark bite killed a bodyboarder two years ago.

An expert who examined tooth marks in Solorio’s board concludes he was bitten by a 15-foot great white shark that may have mistaken him for prey.

The public beach and two others restricted to base personnel were closed as a precaution but Peterson says there haven’t been any more reported shark sightings.

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